Lorraine Goffe

Placed Leader

Lorraine Goffe

Vice President for Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer.
Penn State University

March 5, 2019

Koya’s Beth Schaefer, Liz Neuman, and their team partnered with Penn State University to place Lorraine Goffe as the institution’s new Vice President for Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer.
Lorraine Goffe, a human resources leader with more than 20 years of experience in higher education. Prior to joining Penn State, Goffe served as Vice President of Human Resources at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). During her time at MIT, Goffe led a team of HR professionals responsible for the design, development and implementation of HR systems and services. She provided leadership to the MIT Work-Life Center, including five on-campus child care centers, and led initiatives to boost talent management, update compensation systems, streamline 401(k) investment options, and implement the university’s first Employee Assistance Program (EAP), among other strategic efforts.
Goffe had previously held various leadership roles at Washington University in St. Louis, including Director of Employee Relations, before becoming Vice Chancellor for Human Resources. She began her career in private industry before moving into the health care field as Manager of Human Resources at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
Among her professional and nonprofit affiliations, Goffe is the Board Chair of the Northeast Human Resources Association and a board member of the American Research Universities HR Institute. She volunteers on the Cambridge Committee on Civic Unity and is a graduate of Leadership St. Louis, a leadership development program for community leaders.
Goffe received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from William Woods University and master’s degree in business administration from National University. She also earned professional HR certifications from the Human Resources Certification Institute and the Society for Human Resources Management.
Read the University’s announcement.